Watch NASA Test Its Rocket-Powered "Flying Saucer" Live On io9!

After scrapping all of its planned test launches earlier this month, NASA will today attempt to release its Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) from the edge of space. The rocket-powered, flying saucer–shaped landing vehicle will then return to Earth on a dramatic path through Hawaii's skies. Watch it live, here!

Via NASA:

The Saturday balloon launch window extends from approximately 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. HST (11:15 a.m. to 12-noon PDT). The balloon will take approximately 2-3 hours to achieve float conditions. Shortly thereafter, the test vehicle will be released from the balloon and the test will begin.

Pictured here is a timeline events for the planetary landing test:

Watch NASA Test Its Rocket-Powered "Flying Saucer" Live On io9!

Principle investigator Ian Clark said earlier this month that he and his team were "very optimistic," and "hoping to test the vehicle at the end of the month" – so fingers crossed, everyone!